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Religious Orders & Communities
The Episcopal Church canonically recognizes 16 traditional orders and 11 Christian communities for men, women, or both. Religious Orders and Communities serve the greater church in several ways.  Many offer retreat houses and individual spiritual direction. Each community has a rule of life and is committed to prayer, life in community, and hospitality.  Below is a list of Religious Orders and Christian Communities that maintain a web site.
Anamchara Fellowship
Founded in the tradition of the Episcopal Church, with a Celtic spirit. Anamchara fellowship has received canonical recognition by the House of Bishops' Committee on the Religious Life.
Conference of Anglican Religious (CAROA)
CAROA includes 23 Religious Communities in the Americas that are part of the Worldwide Anglican (Episcopal) Communion. Some of these Orders are of men, some of women, and some include both. There is great diversity among our communities in terms of worship practice and standard of living, but all our communities embrace celibacy, community of goods, and obedience to a Rule and Constitution.
National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities (NAECC)
NAECC is a coalition of Christian Communities recognized under the canons of the Episcopal Church working with communities in formation, dedicated to sharing and communicating the fruits of the Gospel -- realized in community -- with the church and the world.
Brotherhood of Saint Gregory
A Christian Community of the Episcopal Church, whose members follow a common rule and serve the church on parochial, diocesan, and national levels. Members--clergy and lay, without regard to marital status--live individually, in small groups, or with their families. They support themselves and the community through their secular or church-related work, making use of their God-given talents in the world while not being of the world.
Community of Celebration
The Community's home is in Aliquippa (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania, with members living in England. They are different from traditional orders and their membership includes men and women, married and single, adults and children, clergy and laity. Their rule of life is a modified Benedictine Rule.
Community of the Paraclete
This Order is comprised of men and women of all ages, both single and married. Paracletian religious life supports the search for God in all facets of existence, so that the whole of life becomes a single, integrated spiritual practice. They believe strongly in the importance of face-to-face community life for all members, and work hard to create local chapters wherever their members locate.
Companions of St. Luke - Benedictine
A community whose pursuit of union with God is hallmarked by individual prayer life, communal prayer offices, work and ministry. The community is rooted in the ancient tradition of the Rule of St. Benedict. Through the 1500 years since the writing of the Rule, Benedictines have taken the model of the Rule and modified it to meet historical and cultural needs.
Community of St. Francis
An international community of women belonging to the Anglican Communion who seek to live the Gospel life fervently in the Church and the world, after the example of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis was afire with the love of Christ which impelled him to live with an attitude of humble respect and love for all of creation.
Community of St. John Baptist
A Community made up of monastic women, who live together under the traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Their life includes daily participation in the Eucharist and the Divine Office, prayer, and ministry to those in need. They live by an Augustinian Rule, which emphasizes Community spirit.
Community of the Holy Spirit
Located in New York, New York, the Sisters of this monastic community respond to that invitation by an intentional living out of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience within the structure of a modified Augustinian Rule. The Sisters also provide spiritual support for women and men who wish to be linked with our Community as Associates. By adopting a personal rule of life, they extend the Community’s ministry through prayer, worship and service.
Episcopal Sisters of Charity
The object of this community is to honor the charity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by works of spiritual and temporal. Dedicated to the Holy Spirit this community strives to listen and be responsive to the Word of God.
Little Sisters of St. Clare
We are a women’s contemplative community desiring to bring the spirituality of St. Clare into our churches. Our primary ministry is prayer and it is molded by our Franciscan roots. We welcome inquiries from all women who discern a call to Christian community. We live independently and serve in various parishes in the Diocese of Olympia, Washington.
Order of St. Helena
A religious community for lay and ordained women in the Anglican Communion. They witness to a contemporary interpretation of traditional monasticism, open to the leading of the Holy Spirit as we proclaim the good news of the cross of Christ.
Order of the Holy Cross (Benedictine)
The Order is a Benedictine Anglican monastic community founded in 1884 by James Otis Sargent Huntington to provide a specifically North American expression of monasticism.
Order of Julian of Norwich
A contemplative monastic order in the Episcopal Church. They are currently located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The order is open to both men and women. It is contemplative in that its purpose and goal is simply the practice and teaching of silent and intercessory prayer. The Order follows the traditional monastic vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, and adds a fourth vow: Prayer. Monks and nuns live in the same monastery on equal status under the same vows.
Rivendell Community
Rivendell is a Eucharistic community working and praying to renew the vision of the Church as a holy priesthood, in and on behalf of the world. The Community seeks to provide well-educated and holy priestly ministry for smaller, less affluent, struggling churches, and to create and serve houses of prayer and hospitality. The Motherhouse is in Dunnegan, Missouri. Members include women and men; celibate and married; lay, ordained, residential and non-residential.
St. Gregory's Abby (Benedictine)
A community of men living under the Rule of Saint Benedict within the Episcopal Church. The center of the monastery's life is the Abbey Church, where God is worshipped in the daily round of Eucharist, Divine Office, and private prayer. Also offered to God are the monks' daily manual work, study and correspondence, ministry to guests, and occasional outside engagements.
Sisters of Saint Gregory
A canonically recognized community of women in the Episcopal Church who have been called together by God to live the vowed life in a diversity of styles and spiritualities in the world.
Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity, The
Based in Ripon, Wisconsin, This Religious Order of women in the Episcopal Church has a dedication to the Incarnation of our Lord. The Sisters live in a community and observe daily monastic offices and the Holy Eucharist. They work in parishes, retreat centers and church camps. Among their activities are religious education, retreats and other outreach ministries.
Society of St. Francis
A world-wide Franciscan community within the Anglican Communion. The American Province is part of the Episcopal Church. It is a society of men who live under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. In addition to the work of prayer, most of the Brothers are engaged in work outside the friary.
Society of Saint Francis, Third Order
An Anglican/Episcopal religious order within the Society of Saint Francis that consists of those men or women, married or single, clergy or laity - who, though following the ordinary professions of life called to dedication through lifelong discipline and vow. Like the Friars and Sisters of the First Order, and the Sisters of the Second Order, they dedicate themselves to our Lord as instruments of His peace.
Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE)
SSJE was founded in the parish of Cowley in Oxford, England, by Richard Meux Benson in 1866. Brothers of the North American Congregation live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard Square, and at Emery House in West Newbury, Massachusetts. They gather throughout the day to pray the Divine Office, and live under a modern Rule of Life, adopted in 1997. At profession, they take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience
Society of St. Margaret
An Episcopal religious community of women seeking to find Jesus present in worship, in the common life, and ministries which concentrate on responding to the needs of time.
Society of Saint Anna the Prophet
We are a dispersed community of Episcopal women over 50 years old who are living the Christian life within vows of simplicity, creativity, and balance. We are lay and ordained. We are single, married, partnered, divorced, and widowed. Some of us are retired, some work part-time, and some are working actively in full-time positions.
Worker Brothers of the Holy Spirit
The Worker Brothers of the Holy Spirit, named for the Worker Priests of France who sought to be workers-among-workers on docks and in factories, is a Covenant Community which offers women and men, regardless of marital status, a path for individual spiritual growth through prayer, worship, becoming, discovery, belonging, relating, commitment, and mission
Worker Sisters of the Holy Spirit
The Worker Sisters of the Holy Spirit, named for the Worker Priests of France who sought to be workers-among-workers on docks and in factories, is a Covenant Community which offers women and men, regardless of marital status, a path for individual spiritual growth through prayer, worship, becoming, discovery, belonging, relating, commitment, and mission